Poorly Designed Studies: Association is not Cause

It’s just my nature to question things. Almost every single day you may read a health-related headline. Often times the headline may correlate a diet, food or ingredient to a health issue. But you may not realize that it’s a correlation, since … Continue reading

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Flavor and Satiety – The Key to Weight Control?

A friend of mine recommended this book to me. He’s not a dietitian. He’s a geologist who knows a lot about shale and hydraulic fracking. But like me, he loves to eat. He found The Dorito Effect a fascinating read … Continue reading

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We Could Be Heroes: If We Create Teams

In the 1980s and 90s I counseled thousands of patients. I gained confidence and satisfaction in helping many of them reduce cholesterol levels, lose weight, and manage their diabetes. If they returned for their follow up visit, I knew they were … Continue reading

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Food Bans Don’t Add up to Health

There’s absolutely no question that eating a balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight is good for your health. There’s also no question that there are no guarantees in life. Even if there’s not one more bit of nutrition or … Continue reading

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Considering All Options for a Better Approach to Weight Management

The journal Obesity recently published an expert panel report reviewing what could be the most effective obesity treatment guidelines. The panel’s report intends to settle some of the arguments among health care providers in terms of what exactly is the … Continue reading

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Exercise and Diet Can Fight Disease: Is Your Dietitian Visit Going to be Covered?

An article was just published this week stating that exercise “is as good as medicine” for treating heart disease. Hmmn, that’s funny, I’ve known about this for almost 30 years…and I know older colleagues who’ve known it longer than that. … Continue reading

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A No-Sugar Diet Fixes Obesity? Fat Chance.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist from California, came onto the nutrition scene in 2009 when he posted on YouTube a lengthy lecture about the alleged dangers of fructose. After millions of hits, his mantra that sugar is “poison” began … Continue reading

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You Can Lead a Horse to Water But…

The new school lunch regulations have been reported this week as a “fix” for the poor eating habits of our children, but will it work? I’m a fan of the school lunch program, and feel it serves two purposes: 1) … Continue reading

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Soda Ban Gets Mixed Reviews

You’ve heard about it by now – Aiming to fight the obesity epidemic, the mayor of New York has proposed a ban on the sale of large (>16 ounce) sugary beverages by restaurants, mobile food carts, movie theaters, and delis. … Continue reading

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